If you didn't hear Goldie Taylor tell this amazing part of her family history on the Rachel Maddow show (MSNBC), you missed a beautifully most pointed story of what it means (and has meant for over 300yrs) to be an African in America! Let me suggest you find the video of Goldie and listen to her strong, solid and moving delivery of this real life African in America story!
"Show Me Your Papers"
“Sir, I done left my wallet…” Blackard said. Before he could finish his sentence, the young man was posted against the brick wall, cuffed and taken to the St. Louis city jail. Unable to prove his identity, he would spend the next 21 days in a cramped, musty cell. That’s where his older brother Matt found him, beaten and bloodied. Matt returned with Major’s employer later that day, wallet and identification card in hand, to post bond.
The year was 1899. Major Blackard was my great, great grandfather.
The real crime, as Pulitzer Prize winning author Doug Blackmon points on in his seminal work Slavery by Any Other Name, was that my grandfather was a colored man in America.
Read the complete article at: GoldieTaylor.com
It is not over yet, so keep yours handy!
Try to research information on the instrument of "Live Birth" or Birth Certificate and Maritime Law. It will help shed a little more light on why the wealthy and socially corrupt may think this is so criticle for the survival of this nation as they see it!
You can start here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHGpY5zWsE8&feature=player_embed...